I’m not a big Scrabble fan, but I’m aware of the several hundred Scrabble clubs and the professional Scrabble tournaments held around the country throughout the year.
On Oct. 12, in the basement of a church in Lexington, Mass., a carpenter named Michael Cresta scored 830 points in a game of Scrabble.
His opponent, Wayne Yorra, who works at a supermarket deli counter, totaled 490 points.
The two men set three records for sanctioned Scrabble in North America:
- Most points in a game by one player (830)
- Most total points in a game (1,320)
- Most points on a single turn (365, for Cresta’s play of QUIXOTRY).
‘Quixotry’ means a quixotic action or thought.
You can read the play by play on Slate with analysis of the most critical moves, here are views of the final board, one from a camera phone.
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